From a small community in rural Berkshire, Dolphin actively enables pupils to connect with communities locally and globally. In order for this generation of young people to prosper and humanity to flourish, we believe experiencing community activism at school is vital for a sustainable future.
At Dolphin, we view our social responsibility as much more than raising funds for charity:
We aim to engage and understand the situations non-governmental organisations are facing
We invite speakers to work with our children and demonstrate how our young community can make a positive difference
We explore the policies our government has put in place and the opportunities democracy offers our young citizens to share their voice
We empower our pupils to prioritise their responsibilities as global citizens, both at school and in their personal lives
Accordion Supporting Local Charities
Over the past 2 years, Dolphin children have raised over £2,000 for Honeypot and The Brain Tumour Charity, through fundraising activities including; hot lunches, selling ice creams and our annual charity fair.
In November 2016, Dolphin announced that it had teamed up with Building for the Future (BFTF), a Wokingham-based charity which provides activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities. Dolphin's first fundraising initiative for Building for the Future was its Christmas Fair, where Dolphin children came up with brilliantly inventive stalls from 'Fortune Telling' to 'Marbles Mazes' and the 'Lego Challenge' and raised a staggering £743.83 in just 90 minutes!
"We are excited to have chosen Building for the Future (BFTF) as the charity whom the school will be supporting over the coming years. We hope to build a long term relationship with BFTF that will allow us not only to fundraise on behalf of the charity but also for groups of Dolphin children to become actively engaged with the important and inspiring work they do to support and help children with disabilities,"
Tom Lewis, Head at Dolphin School
"We are absolutely honoured to have been chosen as Dolphin School's charity and are very much looking forward to working together. While it is important for us to increase awareness of what we do and help with our fundraising is always welcome, partnering with a school is particularly rewarding as we work towards our over-arching aim of better integrating disabled children into our society. We would like to thank everyone at Dolphin for their very kind support."
Jane Holmes, CEO at Building for the Future
Accordion Earth Studies
Through annual Earth Studies lectures and a visitor programme, Dolphin welcomes experts from a range of fields including; government, science, non-governmental organisations, local campaigners, faith groups and the media.
The Dolphin community has an opportunity to find out more about global issues, discover how to get involved and ask questions of the specialists.
Dolphin has been privileged to welcome guest speakers from the following organisations:
Posters from our previous lectures:
Find out more about our previous lectures:
Life Inside North Korea
Using Planet Earth
Accordion School Council
Dolphin School aims to foster in children a sense of social, environmental and political awareness, combined with the confidence to articulate areas of school life they want to develop and wider community and global issues to be involved with.
Dolphin’s School Council may hark back to Classical times, using Athenian principles of democratic representation, however its vision is firmly focused on the future. Chaired by a Year 8 pupil, the voice of the children is currently represented by members of the Middle and Upper Schools. Meetings take place weekly with an open agenda, led by child-based discussion, brought to the School Council Forum by School Councillors who are selected on a termly basis.
Accordion Delphic Challenge, Service
The Delphic Challenge, an exciting activity and outward bound programme, was launched in 2015-16. The scheme is made up of 5 sections, which includes Service.
The Service section of the Delphic Challenge is about helping or being of service to others. It involves volunteering in the local community and giving time to others. Examples include; spending time in a care home reading to the elderly, working with our Nursery children, playing music for the community and fundraising for a charity.
Accordion Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Our dramatic performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have explored issues of war, mental health and refugees. It was the refugee crisis that inspired Judy Seall’s 2016 production, Tales from the Tent.
Accordion Refugee Relief
Refugee Relief was founded by a former Dolphin parent, Ruth Curtis Talbot. In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, the Dolphin community worked hard to raise awareness and collect donations for Refugee Relief and Care4Calais.
Accordion Rwanda School Partnership
During the 2015-16 academic year, a link was established with Umubano School in Rwanda, a school built by and run in partnership with A Partner in Education.
The idea was to exchange information about our respective countries and to learn about another way of life. Contact was made via Skype and we learnt about each other's cultures and schools. During one of our conversations it became clear that the Rwandan children don’t have many opportunities to play sport and didn't know how to play rounders so with the help of our FunRaisers , we were able to send them some sports equipment so that they could learn to play.
Accordion Food Bank
Each year our Nursery children and their parents collect food donations for Readifood Refugee Relief. Readifood is Reading's food bank which currently delivers around 120 Emergency Food Parcels every week to families and individuals across the greater Reading area.
In 2016, the whole Dolphin community undertook a Reverse Advent Calendar, bringing in different items every day of Advent up until the end of term. Over 200 goods were collected and delivered by our pupils to the Wokingham Foodbank.
Every term, Dolphin children and their parents bring in their used clothing for Bag2School. This initiative helps to protect the environment, by diverting unwanted textiles away from landfill, whilst also raising valuable funds for the school.
In 2016, the school collected 1,780kg of clothes, raising £712.41. This year we have collected 772 kg of old clothes so far, raising £308.80.
Accordion Tabitha, Cambodia
Through Earth Studies, the older children learn about Cambodia’s tragic history. The charity, Tabitha Cambodia employs destitute women and supports a savings scheme in rural Cambodia. At Christmas, Dolphin hosted a sale of silk goods made by Tabitha Cambodia and we hope to become further involved with the charity in the future.